review - 1370°C
Oct. 4th, 2005
01:29 pm - review
The new Franz Ferdinand album, You Could Have It So Much Better with Franz Ferdinand is a good deal more punk rock than the previous, untitled album. However, it seems to suffer from the drawback of so many of these new rock bands: many of the tracks are nearly indistinguishable. And unlike some bands of which you've heard me say "they've really only got one song that they play over and over with different lyrics, but it's a really *good* song," the "one song" that makes up about half of the new FF album is really only a pretty good song.
Still, particularly on the slower tracks, the boys seem to be showing some serious band influences, I'm partiuclarly thinking T-Rex and cross-influences from others in the same genre.
Notable, and very good tracks on the album: The Fallen, Evil and a Heathen, Eleanor, Put Your Boots On, Fade Together, and Outsiders. I'm guessing that This Boy is going to be the big radio hit, it's catchy, but I find the lyrics *way* to repetitive at points.
All in all, I think it's going to grow on me a bit more, a lot of it will make good driving music, and those of you who wanted the faster FF tracks to be a bit more punk will get your wish.
Final verdict: not as good as the untitled album, bit lukewarm on it now, but still good listening.